Mauricio Pochettino: This is why I played a weakened team against Borussia Dortmund

16 Mar

“In the way the team show energy and played it is because of all of them. The thinking for this game is not about Sunday against Bournemouth, but to turn the tie. We have to try.”


Christian Eriksen and Moussa Dembele will be rested, but Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane could all start, while Jan Vertonghen is expected back in full training next week.

Pochettino said: “Our mentality needs to be right. We need to show last Thursday was an accident. We need to fight and show we believe we can win the game.”

The Spurs boss also wants his players to keep dreaming about the title. He said: “There are eight games to play. It’s important to dream and to build in your mind that you can win.

“From the beginning you need to build the structure and the team to arrive in this moment but now we need to believe and for that we need to dream.”

Tottenham: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies; Dier, Mason; Lamela, Alli, Chadli; Kane.

Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Bender, Hummels; Durm, Mkhitaryan, Weigl, Castro, Schmelzer; Reus, Aubameyang.

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